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broadening into a bigger problem that is affecting state republican parties. the national republican party has just made a decision based on that. and we're going to have that report for you tomorrow night. "first look" is up next. good wednesday morning. right now on "first look," super spies. a new report says the nsa has implanted spyware on over 100,000 computers dispersed around the world. student shooter. a 12-year-old opened fire before being coaxed to drop the gun. another apology. new jersey's embattled governor says he's sorry, but is his problem getting worse? plus, justin bieber's mansion raided by cops. real-life "breaking bad" as blue meth hits the streets. and the promotion for a new horror flick has people hopping scared. good morning, everybody. i'm betty nguyen. another nsa shocker. new information that the security agency has actually implanted software in nearly
100,000 computers across the world. "the new york times" reports that cohortly planted software allows the u.s. to conduct remote surveillance and create a digital highway for launching cyber attacks, but right now there is no evidence the nsa does this inside the united states. most of the software is implanted by gaining access to computer networks, but the "times" reports the ns sais increasingly using a secret technology that relies on radio waves. the paper adds that they have used it to monitor china's army, the russian military, drug cartels, trade institutions inside the european union, and sometimes u.s. partners against terrorism, like saudi arabia, india and pakistan. the "times" reports the nsa calls the effort an active defense and has been using the technology for several years now. okay, so, to a scary story of a school shooting in new mexico, where two students were shot, including a young boy who is fighting for his life at this
hour. police say a 12-year-old boy opened fire tuesday at berrendo middle school in roswell. he surrendered to school officials, who coaxed him into dropping his gun. right now he's in an albuquerque psychiatric hospital following a judge's order. the 13-year-old girl who was shot is in stable condition. >> i ask that all new mexicoans please join us in praying for the families, praying for the kids, making sure that they reach out and talk to people. >> police have issued three search warrants for the boy's home, his bag and his locker. officials would not speculate on any potential charges at this time. this morning an eighth grade teacher is hailed as a hero for talking the shooter into putting his gun down before he shot anyone else. nearly 1,500 people prayed for the victims at a memorial service. ♪ classes are canceled today. a judge denies bail to a retired police captain accused of fatally shooting a man who was texting during a movie.
71-year-old curtis reeves jr. is charged with second-degree murder. his lawyer said he had every right to defend himself during an argument over texting. now, officials say he fired a single round from a .38-caliber handgun, striking 43-year-old chad oulson in the chest and his wife, nicole, in the hand. reeves says the victim struck him in the face with an unknown object, but there are no reports that the victim or his wife were armed. in new jersey, it was governor chris christie's fourth state of the state address, but his first surrounded in scandal. he talked about the growing bridge scandal, issuing another public apology, and nbc's kelly o'donnell was there. >> reporter: on his way to the assembly chamber, governor chris christie prepared himself for another public display of regret. [ applause ] while tradition welcomes the governor with applause, controversy is where christie began. >> mistakes were clearly made.
we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. i know our citizens deserve better, much better. >> reporter: the unfolding scandal has brought ridicule and withering criticism. christie faced the state lawmakers who have launched investigations. >> without a doubt, we will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries to insure that this breach of trust does not happen again. let me tell you, everybody, i was blindsided yesterday morning. >> reporter: governor christie denied any prior knowledge of an intentional plan to snarl bridge traffic last september, but how close to christie were the people who did know? an examination of hundreds of pages of documents shows at least six people in governor christie's inner circle and three more christie allies at the port authority were actively messaging or mentioned in communications last fall about the traffic jam, but not necessarily what had caused it. four of the key players are now gone. the others are still on the job. >> what has occurred does not
define us or our state. >> reporter: christie's personal credibility has taken a hit. a monmouth university poll asked "do you believe chris christie has been completely honest?" 40% said yes, but 51% said no. >> and that was nbc's kelly o'donnell reporting. now to oklahoma and what could be the next showdown over gay rights. late tuesday, a federal judge struck down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but couples weren't given an all-out victory. the judge refused to immediately enforce the ruling, so instead, appeals are now making their way through the courts. abortion clinic buffer zones, they are on the docket for the supreme court today. challengers say the 35-foot areas will criminalize people who are peacefully protesting. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with more on this. tracie, the justices will be looking at this as a free speech issue, i assume. >> reporter: right, and it's actually the second time that they've looked at this particular case, betty, but they
rejected it before it came in a different format. this time, the plaintiffs argue that free speech isn't really free if it's restricted such that people really can't even hear what you're saying, the people that you're talking to. on the other hand, those who work at these clinics say that it's a public safety issue, that many of these demonstrators have either been physical with or have intimidated doctors and nurses and other workers and patients, of course, headed into these clinics. massachusetts has a long history with this. that's where that law is coming from. back in 1994, a couple of abortion clinic workers were killed. and now, as of this morning, a few hours from now, the case is being argued here before the u.s. supreme court. betty? >> we'll be watching. tracie, thank you very much for that. we want to shift gears now and go to my friend, richard lui, with the latest in sports. they're heating things up down under, in australia, that is. let's not get that confused. >> that's right.
good morning to you, betty. how hot is it in sdwral? well, it is so hot, australian open players are fainting, so hot, ice packs were scarcer than hen's teeth. >> ah. >> yeah, they do have teeth. the 105 degrees not too hot for serena williams, though. her straight-sets win tied a record 60 wins in the open era, so hot here, i had to show you this, though, betty. bikinis and speedos, they were everywhere. >> you had to show the bikinis. >> if it's that hot, 105, just to make us all jealous. more heat news. president obama welcoming the nba champs, miami, to the white house. he got a traditional team jersey and he joked a little, too. >> this group has now won twice, but it's gone to the finals three times, and sometimes it feels like they're still fighting for a little respect. i can relate to that. all right, college basketball. unranked indiana's coach asking game-goers for extra exuberance. he got it.
they upset undefeated number three wisconsin. wisconsin could have tied but missed two three-point shots in the final seconds. indiana surprises 75-72. >> it was that extra exuberance that did it, huh? >> look at them there. here's another david and goliath, unranked arkansas tied with 13th-ranked kentucky. in overtime, arkansas goes for three, misses, but there for the dunk! >> oh! that's not a miss. >> the clock runs out. arkansas 87, kentucky 85. more exuberizing, is that a word? >> i don't think so. jim caldwell, offensive coordinator for the ravens and previously head coach of the indianapolis colts, congratulations, my friend. golfer bubba watson showing off a little in a private jet. >> must be nice sdprks. >> turns it into a golf course. nails a shot from about 30 feet. it's a nice, long private plane here, betty. >> and it's in! wow. >> it bounces off the furniture. it has leather loungers, yes. and into the cup.
hate traffic? don't text, do tricks on a moving 18-wheeler. a five-times x games gold medalist in peru, even brought in an extra truck. >> i'm a little nervous watching that. >> commuters were stopping going, what is this guy doing? but he practiced. >> thank goodness all is well. thank you, richard. out west, drought conditions persist and so do wildfires. firefighters in the san francisco bay area trying to contain a stubborn brush fire fueled by dry land and high winds. it's burning in the san joaquin delta and is about 50 acres in size. so far, though, only minor damage to buildings has been reported. let's get the latest look at the weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> good morning. >> we could use some rain, much-needed rain there. >> we're not supposed to have fires in january out west. >> yeah. >> and that's been the story. the mountains that are supposed to have snow are snow-free, too, and now they're worried about fires burning there. as far as the tuesday forecast, it was really hot out west. it was 72 in san francisco.
the big story today as you head out the door is the dense fog on i-95 from new york city down all the way to south carolina, visibility very low right now. d.c., baltimore, philadelphia area being very careful heading out. give yourself definitely extra time. snow yesterday from areas of wisconsin have moved through michigan this morning. there's some bands of snow down through indiana, so maybe some slippery roads there. it's going to be much colder today up through the northern plains, also through the great lakes. and some of that chilly air's trying to head down into the southeast today, but overall, the big story, the fog, that's the problem. give yourself extra time. it will burn off by mid to late morning. >> all right, be safe out there. thank you. coming up, police are downright serious about justin bieber's connection to a felony egging. that's next. okay ladies, whenever you're ready.
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mall. on the 911 recording, the victim's wife said they called for help over half an hour ago. the operator responds, saying the ambulance had arrived at the mall and was trying to locate them. police say the ambulance arrived in 18 minutes but had trouble fitting below the ceiling in the parking garage. four men have been charged with the murder. a multimillion dollar settlement between the nfl and thousands of former players was put on hold tuesday. a federal judge says -- she was very worried that the $765 million deal was not enough to cover the 65-year plan covering some 20,000 men. and a raid of justin bieber's california mansion led to the arrest of live-in friend xavier smith on drug charges. police were at the home searching for evidence that actually could connect bieber to the egging of a next door neighbor's home. $20,000 worth of damage, in fact, has the police calling this a felony. >> i get that the eggs don't seem that significant, but it does rise to the level of a
felony. there is a victim in this case who had extensive damage done to their home, and that's a serious incident. all right, now for your "first look" at business with cnbc's seema mody. good morning. >> betty, good morning. here's our top story. a u.s. appeals court strikes down the fcc's rules on net neutrality, which require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. the ruling could give broad band service companies leeway to charge content providers more to use higher-speed networks. and general motors will start paying a stock dividend for the first time since 2008. before the automaker filed for bankruptcy. it comes as gm reports global sales rose 4% last year, helping it secure a second place behind toyota. and viacom plans to launch a customized kids tv channel. my nik jr. can be programmed based on parents' taste with on-demand access to hundreds of episodes of shows like "dora the explorer." betty? >> thank you, sima. and governor chris christie
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here's your "first look" at this morning's dish of "scrambled politics." the scandal surrounding governor chris christie apparently aren't hurting his clout with fellow republicans. he heading to florida this weekend to fundraise for governor rick scott. and if you want to hang out the governor, it will cost you 1,000 bucks. but if you want to splurge, the vip reception beforehand is going for $2,500. wendy davis is off to an impressive start trying to become the first democrat elected as governor of texas since 1990. she raised more than $12 million in the last six months of last year. her likely republican opponent, state attorney general greg abbott brought in $11 million. meanwhile, in iowa, 67-year-old governor terry branstad is expected to announce his re-election bid for a sixth term and many expect him to win in a cake walk. today president obama heads to north carolina, where he'll talk up the economy. one person who won't be there is the state's junior senator, kay hagan.
a spokesperson for the democrat says she's too busy with her day job in washington. and who says lawmakers can't have a sense of humor? our new partner here at nbc, now this is news, has gotten some members of congress to read tweets directed at them, and as you can expect, most of them were not so nice. >> you really suck a pig's [ bleep ]. >> paul ryan has such pretty blue eyes. sometimes it's easy to forget he's satan incarnate. >> you are proof that this country has gone to hell in a hand basket. >> @senschumer, yep, you're about as original as an old pair of shoes. >> ouch! tweets can be tough. that's your morning dish of "scrambled politics." time now for our "first look" at politics, and for that, i'm joined by "washington post" reporter david nakamura. good morning, david. >> hi, betty. >> let's talk unemployment benefits, shall we? why does this benefit extension keep getting stalled? you know, it seems like first it
was how to pay for it, then it was how long should we extend it, then there were amendments, then it needed 60 votes to pass. what's next? when does this end? >> well, betty, looks like we're not quite past that partisan bickering that people hoped after they had a big budget deal. that was the good news. the bad news is that they have not agreed on this. as you said, republicans and democrats keep fighting over mainly how to pay for it as well as the length, but this three-month proposal that had some bipartisan support just hasn't gotten enough overall support because republicans are saying we want to have immediate savings in other areas, and democrats are saying we want to put those savings out to the out years, as far along as 2024, and republicans are saying that's just not good enough. so, both sides really want to find out where those savings are. there's still some hope for this, but it's sort of losing steam right now. >> minority leader mitch mcconnell says a proposal is fundamentally unfair, but majority leader harry reid seems to believe republicans are filibustering unemployment benefits. so, any idea who's right here? >> well, i think what the
republicans are concerned, not only about where to find the savings, but also that democrats are leading them down a road so if it doesn't pass, it can be used politically going forward and taking, you know, attention away from the issues that republicans want to hammer home, like obamacare and that kind of thing. i think on the other side, though, democrats and the white house are saying we're going to keep hitting on this because it's so important, not just to the long-term unemployed, but to the overall economy. the president's saying, hey, we have some momentum on the economy, not enough. taking out, you know, $25 billion this year in potential, you know, spending from this group of people would be a problem for not just them but for the overall economy and most americans. >> but david, is there a real fear that all of this partisan bickering has really all but killed the prospects of reviving jobless aid for now? >> i think so. there's a little hope. i think they're going to come back, you know, in a couple weeks to talk a little bit more about this and there's still some people working on it. i think there's a hope that when the president's out talking about this -- he'll talk about it probably during his state of
the union address in a couple weeks -- that there could still be some time for it, but it definitely is losing steam. >> all right, david. we, as always, appreciate your insight. thanks for waking up with us. >> thanks, betty. and coming up, richard and bill are back for our "first buzz," including this all too scary remote-control, possessed baby! yikes! that's next. we know we're not the center of your life, but we'll do our best to help you connect to what is. ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪ ♪ stacy's mom has got it goin' on ♪
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all right, today's "first buzz," we've got a lot to talk about with richard and bill. you're going to try to scare us, aren't you? >> i don't know, why -- >> he always scares us. >> i hate being scared! >> it's funny -- >> to watch people? yeah, love it. >> let's scare people. let's promote our new movie
while we're at it. the movie is called "devil is due," and obviously, it's about baby devil being born, and they set this up in a stroller in new york city -- >> that guy didn't even blink. >> no. >> he didn't blink! >> even the birds are scared! >> don't do it yet. no. >> ah, that's crazy! >> other parents. >> i'm going to have nightmares after that. and you know, some parents are actually having nightmares about this app that apple has pretty much banned. i don't know if you've heard about it. it's called the barbie plastic surgery game. it's an app that you can download on to your phone. it's for kids ages 9 and older, believe it or not. here it is -- >> really? >> here's the description of it. it says "this unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. in our clinic, she can go through a liposuction to make her slim and beautiful. >> this is real? >> yes, and parents have complained, so they banned this app. >> you can do the lipo? >> yeah, you perform the surgery in the app -- >> how long has this app been out? >> only about a week, and
parents said forget about it. i mean, i would be, too! who wants their kid thinking like that? >> exactly. just the fact that it even says 9 and older -- >> exactly, it's being marketed to kids. now, this is something i do want to think about, this cross breed between what? >> yes, are you guys baked goods fans? >> we any kind of food fan at this hour. >> are you a kroisant or a bagel fan? >> i'm a croissant fan. >> i'm going to wave my magic wand and you have a cragel, half bagel, 50% -- >> that looks delicious. >> it does look good, you have the butter, all you need is a brisket, ham and cheese -- >> the brisket at 5:00 in the morning? >> you're not putting che intin cheese on that. >> it's being sold in new york, $2.99 each. >> how long is the line? >> it's just taken off this last week. we'll see. it's like the craze of the
cronut. >> bagels are supposed to be put in water, water bagels. that's like a traditional new york bagel -- >> with you stop -- >> bill, stop. >> times are changing, bill. >> talk about the baby. >> all right, guys, i'm betty snun. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned, because there is still a lot more to come. "way too early" starts right now. ♪ ♪ gonna let me in, i'm gonna be your friend ♪ ♪ there will be no partisan divisions ♪ ♪ let me wrap my legs around your mighty ribs ♪ ♪ relieve your stressful condition ♪ ♪ we've got wall street masters stuck cheek to cheek ♪ ♪ with blue collar truckers, and man i really gotta take a leak ♪ ♪ but i can't, i'm stuck here in governor chris christie's ♪ ♪ ft. lee, new jersey, traffic jam ♪
>> jimmy fallon and chris christie's jersey hero, bruce springsteen, pair up on an instant classic duet of "born to run," mocking chris christie, but did the governor's state of the state address help him out of the political jam known as bridgegate? and now, new revelations about the nsa suggest just how advanced its spy practices are, being able to hack into unconnected computers of interest simply through radio waves, but is that a practice on home turf or just abroad? and a storm of controversy unites your favorite meteorologists to rain down on directv for dropping the weather channel for 20 million customers. and we have a saying at 30 rock -- you don't mess with al roker! this is "way too early." it's true, you don't mess with al roker. when you unite sam champion and al roker, it's like, weather